Scholarships & Funding Opportunities

Tulane School of Social Work's tuition discount model for all Masters-level students is based on merit and need. Merit is calculated based on the overall grade point average of the bachelor’s degree-granting institution and is offered at the time of admission. 

Need-based awards, or scholarship top-offs, are determined by the Office of Financial Aid and are typically announced one month before the enrollment term begins. Not all students receive an additional award. Need-based awards are based on students' Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For that reason, we strongly encourage students to submit FAFSA as early in the admission process as possible. 

On-campus Doctorate students are eligible for the Downtown Studies Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 per semester for seven semesters.

We are able to offer scholarships to the majority of our student body due largely to the kindness of donors who want to help foster a new generation of social workers. To view a full list of our generous donors, click here.

Students are also eligible for employment opportunities within the School of Social Work.


External Funding Sources

You may also be eligible for one of the following. 

City Year Scholarship

City Year is proud to partner with Tulane School of Social Work, a leading graduate school focused on clinical-community practice and promoting social and economic justice with more than 6,000 alumni worldwide, offering 25% annual tuition scholarships. 


Social Work Related Organizations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers graduate school scholarships and doctoral fellowships.

National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) offers scholarship resources.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) offers funding opportunities for students.

Phi Alpha Honors Society for social work offers scholarships.

Professional Organization and Foundation Resources

American Indian Education Program -- The Indian Health Services Health Professionals Program scholarship is eligible to students enrolled in a federally recognized tribe with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Students must be pursuing a degree in a health related profession or be a junior or senior in college planning to get a masters in social work or physical therapy.

American Association of University Women support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is for students who demonstrate active participation in civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity, or other progressive issues. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship provides educational scholarships to full time undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate a combination of fine character, academic excellence, financial need, compassion, a commitment to volunteerism and whose goal will benefit mankind.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a number of scholarships for persons of Hispanic background obtaining their first graduate degree.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. 

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.

The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the obstacles often put before them, to make a significant impact on society.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students offers funding for highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students from communities of color seeking to address issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector.

Religious Affiliations

Many religious organizations set aside funds to support students who are pursuing careers in community service and social work. These programs are typically restricted to members of the faith in general, and often to members of specific congregations. Students interested in pursuing social work as a career, should contact the leaders of their church, synagogue or other religious community for information on financial aid which may be available to help them pay for college.

These few examples will give an idea of the types of aid that may be available from within your religious community:


Dual Degree Scholarships

Students pursuing a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work dual degree may be eligible for one of the following opportunities:

  • The Pincus Violence Prevention Scholarship is a new interdisciplinary, two-year scholarship program that integrates faculty across all schools at Tulane, particularly the Schools of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Social Work, and Medicine, the Violence Prevention Institute (VPI), and a network of community partners across the city. More information is available here.
  • The Phillip O. Lawson Graduate Scholarship Endowed Fund is used for graduate students in the joint Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work degree program awarded through the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. More information is available here.

Students pursuing a Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work dual degree may be eligible for scholarship opportunities provided through Tulane Law School.